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Carifesta IV, 1981: Barbados' Silent and Forgotten Cultural Legacy

Carifesta IV, 1981: Barbados' Silent and Forgotten Cultural Legacy

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When a young nation that was about to celebrate only 15 years of Independence decided to undertake its first large regional cultural event, what was to become an emblem of national pride, quickly deteriorated into mishaps, poor planning and huge budget overruns. At the same time, the key stakeholders of this event, the artists, have a totally different view and though they too partake in the code of silence, their present day successes speak the positive legacy of CARIFESTA 1981. This brief essay examines some of the shortcomings and the true legacy of this event.

When a young nation that was about to celebrate only 15 years of Independence decided to undertake its first large regional cultural event, what was to become an emblem of national pride, quickly deteriorated into mishaps, poor planning and huge budget overruns. At the same time, the key stakeholders of this event, the artists, have a totally different view and though they too partake in the code of silence, their present day successes speak the positive legacy of CARIFESTA 1981. This brief essay examines some of the shortcomings and the true legacy of this event.

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CARIFESTA IV, 1981: Barbados’ Silent and Forgotten Cultural Legacy
 
By Ian W. Walcott 
November 21, 2012 
When a young nation that was about to celebrate only 15 years of Independence decided to undertakeits first large regional cultural event, what was to become an emblem of national pride, quicklydeteriorated into mishaps, poor planning of huge budget overruns. At the same time, the keystakeholders of this event, the artists, have a totally different view and though they too partake in thecode of silence, their present day successes speak the positive legacy of CARIFESTA 1981. This brief essay examines some of the shortcomings and the true legacy of this event.
 
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CARIFESTA IV, 1981: Barbados’ Silent and Forgotten Cultural Legacy
 
Historical Background to CARIFESTA 1981
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in Guyana as the brainchild of itslate leader, Forbes Burnham.The idea was to create a roving arts festival that would bring together Caribbean artists and cultural practitioners to share and exchange in their artistic experiences andexpressions while at the same time promoting Caribbean unity. Though these lofty ideals remain intact,the Festival never quite lived up to its expectations primarily due to poor planning, lack of funding andpolitical will. Nonetheless, in spite of its challenges, there is a body of regional artists and culturalactivists who struggle to keep the ideal alive. Of all the events to date, 1981 remains etched in thememories of Barbadians as a large nationally hosted event that was both a failure and a success,depending on whose point of view.
Let’s imagine Barbados in the year 1981. A mere 15 years of Independence from colonial rule, still
grappling with the exercise of nation-building and the pressures of socio-economic and culturaldevelopment. For all intents and purposes, as we look back, the nation was immature in many regards:poor management skills, limited infrastructure, weak platform for cultural and artistic expression and wecan go on listing all the weaknesses associated with these former colonies in the 1970s and early 1980s.However, following in the footsteps of our bigger neighbors, Guyana in 1972, Jamaica in 1976 and Cuba1979, Barbados embarked on the ambitious project of hosting the fourth CARIFESTA from July 19
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 –
 August 3
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, 1981.Table 1
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Most of the political, administrative and technocratic directorate from this era are now retired or havesince passed on
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, leaving their own legacies behind.
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: Cf. Digital Library of the Caribbean - http://dloc.com/results/?t=carifesta%201981 
However, until very recently within the corridors or government, to even mention CARIFESTA 1981 wastantamount to invoking the curse of the oracle unto self and country.
The National Shame of CARIFESTA 1981?
The national code of silence that evolved around this event can be linked to a number of reasons. In thefirst instance, up to this day, Barbados holds this infamous record of hosting the most expensive of allthe CARIFESTA events, having spent US$12 million for the two week event.Table 2
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